Jerrod Galanin

Jerrod Galanin

Jerrod Galanin is a Tlingit Unangan multi-media artist from Sitka, Alaska. Jerrod comes from a long line of Tlingit artists, including great-grandfather George Benson, father David Galanin, uncle William Burkhart, and brother Nicholas Galanin. Mediums include metal, paint, fish skin, animal hide and music. He is part of Leonard Getinthecar, a collaborative duo with Nicholas Galanin.

Artist Statement

I actively explore, participate and contribute to the continuum of my cultural heritage and art. I am engaging in a conversation that my great-grandfather spoke and one that perhaps my great-grandchildren will speak. I am learning about who I am and where I came from.
I enjoy long, contemplative studies as much as playful and whimsical acts of accidental creation. I thrive on the feelings of wonder and all of the challenges of the creative process. I am just as happy putting on headphones and listening to music and engraving late into the night as I am with a collaboration of other artists debating and brainstorming new concepts and ideas.
Disciplines I actively employ are silver and copper engraving and jewelry design, painting, fur and fish skin sewing, photography and installation sculpture. I do not limit myself to any medium and I am forever seeking new experiences and ways to create. I strive to listen humbly to the conversations around me and to fearlessly, and boldly participate.